High School English Lesson Plans, Grades 9-12

Finding engaging English lesson plans for hard-to-impress high school teenagers is no small task. Here you will find hundreds of helpful teaching ideas, units and themes that can be used for a range of grades and abilities, including AP English suggestions.

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  • The College Essay Workbook
    This workbook is geared toward 12th grade students who are beginning the college essay process. It could also be used with 11th grade students in the spring of their junior year.
  • “A Christmas Carol" Independent Reading for December
    Use this December reading packet to assess students during the month of December, while reading a classic work of literature as well!
  • AP English Literature and Composition Review
    A fun and engaging way to provide extra review and support for AP exams. This looks at poetry analysis and at how to write about any novel using prompts tailored from past AP exams.
  • Shakespeare in a Snap! A Two Day Way to Teach Julius Caesar
    Want to cover one more work of Shakespeare in your high school curriculum? English and History teachers, team up for two days of exciting and engaging fun as you begin a quick study of The Tragedy of Julius Caesar.
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream: Act It Out!
    When studying Shakespeare, especially one of his comedies, you want to ensure that students get a feel for the language and nuance of his wit and humor. The best thing teachers can do is have them stand up and perform.
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream: Act by Act Quote Questions
    Studying Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream invites students to study some of the most beautiful and lyrical language in any of Shakespeare’s plays. As with any work of Shakespeare’s, it takes some time for students to adjust to the language and truly master the art of reading the Bard.
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream: Creative Interpretations of the Play
    The complexity of this popular Shakespearean comedy play can overwhelm some students, so finding creative interpretations can help pique their interest and increase their understanding of "A Midsummer Night's Dream."
  • Romeo and Juliet In Modern Times: An Innovative Film Project
    If your students are interested in love and adventure they will love these modern adaptations of Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet". This lesson plan has students creating a video review of one of these modern films.
  • Shakespeare’s Life and Times: Films for Genre Studies
    Two modern films about Shakespeare that high school students love are 'Shakespeare in Love' and 'Elizabeth'. This lesson plan is a great way to get kids excited about English.
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